STDs are an ongoing and significant public health challenge in the United States, especially among men who have sex with men. According to the CDC, the incidence of many STDs in men who have sex with men MSM , including primary and secondary syphilis and antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, is greater than that reported in women and men who have sex with women only. The current uptick in the rates of STDs among MSM appears to be driven by a number of factors, including novel patterns of transmission and setbacks in prevention efforts. According to the most recent data published by the CDC, reported cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the U. In total, there were a reported 1,, cases of chlamydia, , cases of gonorrhea, and , cases of all stages of syphilis, including 35, cases of primary and secondary syphilis.
CDC Finally Acknowledges: Homosexual Behavior Can Lead To More STDs. Duh.
STD Awareness for LGBTQ Youth - National Center for Lesbian Rights
Just like all other men, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men need to know how to protect their health throughout their life. For all men, heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death. However, compared to other men, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men are additionally affected by:. Some of them are:. These reasons and others may prevent you from seeking testing, prevention and treatment services, and support from friends and family. In fact, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up more than half of the people living with HIV in the United States and experience two thirds of all new HIV infections each year. The large percentage of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men who have HIV and STDs means that, as a group, they have a higher chance of being exposed to these diseases.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The first hurdle will be to confront the reluctance of American society to openly confront issues surrounding sexuality and STDs. If there is one institution that has been reluctant to acknowledge the consequences of homosexual behavior, it is the federal government. For example, which institution forced hospitals to forego screening of homosexuals blood for donation purposes? Only last December, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would trash the lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, only forcing them to aver they had not had sex with a man in the past year, a pronouncement that could easily be a lie. Just how reluctant has the government been to acknowledge the truth about homosexual behavior?